£10m bid for Jim Clark Aston Martin at Festival of Speed breaks record

Time 4:29 pm, July 14, 2018

A CLASSIC Aston Martin driven twice by the British Formula One champion Jim Clark has fetched more than £10 million at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Bonhams said the sum made it the most valuable British car ever sold under the hammer in Europe.

The ex-Essex Racing Stable 1961 Aston Martin ‘MP209’ DB4GT Zagato, registration 2 VEV, pictured above, which Clark drove at Goodwood in the RAC Tourist Trophy as well as at Montlhery in the Paris 1,000 Kilometres, went to a European buyer at the annual festival sale yesterday. Including the buyer’s premium, the final sale price was £10,081,500.

The previous record was £5.4 million for a 1929 Bentley Blower that had been driven by ‘Bentley Boy’ Tim Birkin, and was set at a 2012 Bonhams sale.

The 1957 BMW 507 Roadster sold at Goodwood Festival of Speed yesterday. Picture: Bonhams

A world record for the most valuable BMW ever sold under the hammer was also set at Bonhams’ 50th auction at the estate, the auction house said.

The 1957 BMW 507 Roadster, previously owned by British racing driver John Surtees, fetched £3,809,500.

James Knight, Bonhams motoring chairman and the auctioneer for the sale, said: ‘We are simply blown away by today’s results.

‘The world records that we set today are indicative of the continued market desire for the historically significant motor cars with impeccable provenance such as ”2 VEV” and the John Surtees BMW 507.’

Main picture: Bonhams/PA Wire

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